America's Canyonlands

At a glance

  • 15 day independent tour
  • Departs April to October 2018/19
  • Independent tours from £2,775pp
  • Choose from fly-drive or motorhome tour
  • Return international flights included
  • One night in 4-star Las Vegas hotel

Day 1 – 4: Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon

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Day 1: Las Vegas, Nevada

Arrive in Las Vegas early evening and enjoy the city as it becomes alive with its famous neon lights! Vegas has got to be seen to be believed. Try your luck in the casino, indulge in some shopping at the designer boutiques or just walk along the ‘Strip’ to take in the unique hotels.

Day 2: Kingman, Arizona

Distance: 106 miles

You'll be picked up at your Las Vegas hotel before being transferred to the depot to collect your vehicle.

After familiarising yourself with your vehicle, make your way to your first stop in Kingman, known as ‘The Heart of Route 66’. Take a paddle steamer cruise on Lake Mead and tour the deep passageways of Hoover Dam. The dam, completed in 1935, was the largest in the world at the time – now the historical landmark stores enough water to irrigate two million acres.

3,300 feet above sea level, Kingman is a charming nostalgic town on the Route 66, crammed with historic buildings and quirky Route 66 attractions. Stop at Mr. D'z 1950's diner for a chilled root beer and huge ice cream sundae before you hook up for the evening.

Days 3 - 4: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Distance: 167 miles

Marvel at the Aquarius and Juniper Mountains as you head towards one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ – The Grand Canyon. On your way, stop in the sleepy Route 66 town of Seligman.

At the Grand Canyon you'll camp amid the stunning scenery of the most beautiful natural phenomena on earth. The Canyon’s south rim offers hikes and walks for all abilities, or if you’re feeling adventurous, take a helicopter ride to the remote north rim. Early risers will experience the sunrise over The Grand Canyon – a sight which will certainly be one of the highlights of your trip.

Day 5 – 9: Lake Powell and Utah Canyonlands

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Days 5 - 6: Lake Powell, Arizona/Utah

Distance: 142 miles

Journey through the Painted Desert to your next destination in the Glen Canyon Recreational area, Lake Powell. This man-made 186-mile lake offers cool blue water and sandy beaches again a dramatic red-rock backdrop. Sail to Rainbow Bridge, one of the largest known natural bridges in the world, or explore many of the lakes canyons and sand dunes. With a shoreline longer than the whole western coast of the continental United States, Lake Powell offers adventure for everyone!

Nearby on Navajo land you'll discover Antelope Canyon, one of the most photographed Slot Canyons in the USA – if you wish, we can pre-book a sunrise tour. The constantly changing views in Lower Antelope Canyon mean that no matter what time of day, you’ll never be short of beautiful sights.

Day 7: Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona

Distance: 110 miles

Rise early and journey east to Monument Valley, which straddles the border of Utah and Arizona. For decades it's been the setting for famous western movies and was the legendary Hollywood director, John Ford's favourite movie back drop.

Monument Valley is an area of monolithic sandstone rock formations known as 'mesas and buttes’ that rise majestically from the desert floor. With some towering 1,000 feet from the desert floor, they create a truly amazing landscape which is magical at sunrise and sunset. Take time out here to explore the valley and learn about its myths and legends from a Navajo guide which we can pre-book for you. Here you'll set up camp in the very heart of this awe-inspiring location.

Days 8 - 9: Moab and Canyonlands & Arches National Park, Utah

Distance: 155 miles

Just when you think the landscapes can't possibly get any better… they do! You'll see wall to wall scenery en route to your two-night stop in Moab in the heart of the Utah's Canyonlands Country.

Most of Utah lies on a plateau some 4,000 feet above sea level and the geology of this region gives rise to an amazing variety of landscapes, shapes and colours.

Spend your time here exploring Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, as well as the lesser-known but still truly magnificent Dead Horse State Park. Moab is also a popular base for white water rafting along the Colorado River. We can pre-book this and other exciting outdoor activities for you in this region. Your base for two nights is a stunning location convenient to all the national and state parks in this area.

Day 10 – 15: National Parks and Las Vegas

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Day 10: Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Distance: 153 miles

Hit the wide open roads for your next overnight stop, Capitol Reef National Park, in the heart of Utah. It's pretty much scenic highways all the way! Be sure to pull over and explore Goblin State Park. This strange and colourful landscape is filled with bizarre rock formations that look like a huge gathering of goblins!

Your visit to Capitol Reef National Park guarantees a surreal adventure. Drive alongside the massive sandstone formations and towering arches. Park up your motorhome and discover ancient writings and remote Slot Canyons. Enjoy gentle hikes along trails that ascend to view points above natural bridges and other scenic wonders.

Days 11 - 12: Bryce National Park, Utah

Distance: 86 miles

Leave the Canyonlands behind and journey in your home on wheels to Bryce Canyon National Park via Scenic Byway 12, one of America's most dramatic scenic drives. Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Park are the book-ends to this amazing road which also includes access to two of Utah's state parks: The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and Boulder Mountain in the Dixie National Forest which is North America's highest wooded plateau.

Once in Bryce Canyon National Park be sure visit Fairyland Point or enjoy a hike or horseback ride through Bryce Canyon. The drive along the rim of the horseshoe-shaped Bryce Amphitheatre to Rainbow Point is an absolute must-do. In the evening don't miss the star-gazing programs usually held in the park.

Days 13 - 14: Zion National Park, Utah

Distance: 99 miles

Drive along the scenic highway to Zion National Park and its soaring sandstone monoliths. Zion is Utah's oldest national park and is known for its incredible canyons and jaw-dropping vistas. Arrive in the park early in the afternoon, park up the motorhome and enjoy a gentle hike to the Emerald Pools or Weeping Rock. For a more adventurous hike, check out Angel's Landing or The Narrows. 

Day 15: Las Vegas, Nevada

Distance: 164 miles

It's a short, easy drive back to Las Vegas today to drop off your motorhome in time for your early evening flight back home. If you feel in the need for yet more mind-blowing scenery, consider a slight detour and gentle drive through the flaming colours of Valley of The Fire State Park, Nevada. If you'd prefer to stock up on some last minute shopping bargains instead, then head for the factory outlets at St. George, Utah, which you'll pass on the route back to Las Vegas.

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